Winter Soup Warmth
We are well and truly in the middle of a cold winter and what better way to feel warm than with a big bowl of hearty soup!
I grew up in a time where most kids grew up with stay-at-home mothers. I have fond childhood memories of my Mum cooking soup on the stove for hours on end. She would painstakingly make her stock first and then simmer her soup ingredients to create a huge vat of hearty goodness. The process of making soup was a whole day event.
Today, things have changed. I am a part-time working Mum of one and have many friends that are working mothers as well. We have to work in order to meet the financial demand of high cost of living and the fear of losing our place in the workforce. Coming home from the end of a long day, doing the childcare pickup, feed time, bath time, story time…who wants to cook dinner, let alone soup???
I love soup as it not only evokes happy memories but because it’s cheap! We are in a time where the cost of living is ever-increasing. We need to find ways of reducing our grocery bill with cheaper or fewer ingredients. I find that removing processed food from my shopping trolley aids in keeping the final cost low. So instead of reaching for store-bought ready-made soups try making a quick and easy Potato and Leek Soup. Serve it with crusty bread or toasted crumpets for a filling meal. Leftovers (if any) can be frozen for a quick meal later on.
This soup can be on the table from start to finish in as little as 30 minutes! It is cheap as it only has 5-6 ingredients, most of which as fridge and pantry staples. For ease and convenience I like to use powdered stock. I find it much cheaper and less bulky than other premade stocks available at the supermarket. In saying that, I do make my own stock when time permits and I store in it the freezer for future use.
I am also undertaking a “Soup Swap” with a few of my friends next week. This is where we each make one variety of soup. We meet up together with our soup divided into four disposable containers and swap varieties between us. This way we each get to try something different that we may not necessarily cook ourselves and mid-week dinners are a breeze with homemade soup on hand in the freezer. I will tell you how we go in a few weeks. Try it with your friends before winter ends.